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10 Little Rubber Ducks

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,039 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Traditional Chinese edition of 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle - a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner. The rubber ducks were sent to the ocean by a storm. One lost his way and was adopted by a mother duck. Can he squeak like other ducks? Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published February 7th 2005 (first published 2005)
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1. Counting

2. 10 rubber ducks are made and shipped out to be sold, but their box fell off of the cargo ship. One by one they float to new destinations.

3. A - The illustrations are sweet. Eric Carle’s style is somewhat recognizable to children, which can be comforting. The story line is decent, I think this is better for younger children who are just starting to learn their numbers.

B- The strengths were based on number representation, and the repetition of certain lines. This can be positive
Mandy Crider
Cute book with great illustrations for kids!
Laura Gibbs
This book is really kind of cool simply because it is based on a true story, taken from a 1992 newspaper. The basic story line is that 10 little rubber ducks are painted, put into cargo boxes and loaded onto a cargo ship, and are floating in the ocean on the ship until a storm hits. Once the storm hits, they are knocked into the sea and the ocean waves begin to scatter them all over the place. This book teaches counting; as it counts each duck, it tells of its encounter. For example: the first d ...more
2.5, actually. I like Carle, and the illustrations are great as always. plus, I read Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them not too long ago, which is about the story this book is based on, and mentions Carle's book. I liked the fictional kid-story take on the event. the only problem I had was the repeated lines. maybe it was just my mindset when I read it, b ...more
Karen Dransfield
This story was inspired by a real event where there was a storm and 28,800 bath toys were lost at sea when a container load fell overboard and all the people who have been looking for them since this happened. Oceanographers have been following their paths to study currents etc. Beautiful artwork by Eric Carle.
Stephany Hensley
10 Little Rubber Ducks was a great story with fantastic art as well. In the beginning it is factory workers packaging rubber ducks. On the way shipping them at sea they fall overboard. The ducks all then start floating in all direction. One floats to the North and finds a polar bear, one floats to the west and finds a dolphin, one floats to the east and finds a seal and the other floats south and finds a flamingo. I thought this book was awesome on the creativity, having the ducks all seperate a ...more
Elissa Still
10 Little Rubber Ducks is about ten yellow rubber ducks that are tossed off of a cargo ship and into the ocean. The story follows each duck and where they end up.

Comments/observations: I love all of Carle’s books and so of course this one captured my attention as well because not only was it a fun and quick read, but also because it’s based on a true story of tons of yellow rubber ducks that fell off of a cargo ship and are to this day found washing up on various shores throughout the world.
Randi Goodnight
10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle is about ten rubber ducks that get lost at sea. Each little duck goes his own way and ends up on his very own adventure. A mother duck and her ducklings even adopted one little rubber duck. The illustrations in this book are very cute, and appeal to little kids. I enjoyed this book because it teaches counting while still engaging children in the story. The story of the ten little rubber ducks is creative and keeps kids engaged in the story. I would use this b ...more
Eric Carle tells the story of ten little rubber ducks' journey from the factory and across the ocean to a new home. The bright illustrations feature a finger paint feel with bright colors. Carle features an appropriate amount of text on each page for young children. Children will delight in the suspense created by the little ducks thrown overboard in the storm. They will also enjoy counting the ten ducks at the factory and in the ocean. They will also enjoy watching each duck encounter different ...more
The ten little ducks is about the ten ducks getting thrown overboard into the ocean due to the storm. The little ducks all drift apart and it explains what happens to each little duck. They finally all find their way back together with the mom duckling. This book is great for little kids because they can relate to the book. Most little kids love playing with rubber ducks in their bathtub so the book will catch their attention. The pictures are very colorful and eye catching. It has a very happy ...more
Sarah Adamson
This is a great book. I thought we had read most of the Eric Carle books but discovered this when looking for a book on ducks to read with my daughter's class during letter D week.
We picked this up from the library and were instantly hooked. We must have read it 20 + times over the next three weeks.
This book tells the real life story of the loss of a shipping container from a boat during a storm. The shipping container contained rubber ducks.
Eric Carle then uses his magic - in both words and i
Sara Bland
Based off of a true story, ten little rubber duckies are thrust out into the ocean to fend for themselves. Over the course of a few days, you are taken through the interesting encounters each rubber ducky has with different ocean animals. This is a great educational book because not only does it leave pictures for children to count, it also tells which direction (north, east, etc.) and could serve as a teachable moment. The types of animals in each "direction" from the incident does correlate wi ...more
Kelly Van Pelt
I have read this book many times and it doesn't get old. I even made 10 rubber ducks on sticks to use as props!
Ashlyn Ryder
Carle, Eric. (2005). 10 little rubber ducks. New York: Harper Collins

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A delightful little story about one of the most cherished child’s toys of all time, the rubber duck, that children will surely want to read over and over again. There is an array of vocabulary that this book could be used to introduce, including obviously the number 10, but also positional words and ordinal numbers. Beautifully created collage pictures burst with colors that my eyes danced over; which could be
Ashley Thorpe
Out of all the books he has made, this one is in the top favorites because it is engaging to children. The text is easy to read and has small enough words that older children are not board with it. As well, the colors in the book stand out a lot. The white back ground helps a lot with keeping focus with children. Another thing I enjoyed was the end where you can push a button and the rubber duck squeaks. This can make children want to read it again and have fun. The bleed of the pages is smooth ...more
Alexis Espinosa
10 little Rubber Ducks is about 10 ducks who get lost at sea after a storm and each go on their own adventure. The ducks were found all over the world. The reading level of this book is grades kindergarten to second grade and the theme is adventure.

Comments/observations: I love Eric Carle so my emotional readers response consisted of loving the illustrations and story. I also learned that this book is based on a real story when a bunch of ducks who fell off a ship were found washed up on shore.
**This review is written in Indonesian.**

Kalau Anda mengira buku ini sama dengan buku anak lainnya tentang menghitung, Anda salah besar. Bukan Eric Carle kalau tidak menyelipkan banyak pelajaran ke dalam suatu karangannya. Selain menghitung 1 sampai 10 (pertama-kesepuluh), buku terbitan tahun 2005 ini juga memuat kronologi, arah, nama dan gerak-gerik binatang laut, dan pesan tentang kebersamaan dalam 30 halaman isinya

Kronologi, yakni mulai dari pembuatan bebek karet, pengepakan, pengiriman denga
This book is wonderful for so many reasons. First, it's about rubber ducks. Second, it by Eric Carle. Third, it's a counting book. Fourth, it's an ocean book. Fifth, it's a book about traveling. Sixth, it's a book about adoption. And finally, it's a rubber duck book by Eric Carle. It's hard to imagine anything better than that, except, maybe that this book was part of the Kohl's Cares Book.

My son received this book for Easter. He didn't get past the title page with the numbered ducks; he was pre
Fun and often familiar book for children during hatching unit. It also helps to connect science with math when this book is used to kick off counting activities. Great for preK and K

Ahoy! Here We Go
Around the World
with 10 Little Rubber Ducks

"Ducks overboard!" shouts the captain, as a giant wave washes a box of 10 little rubber ducks off his cargo ship and into the sea. The 10 little rubber ducks are swept away in various directions. One drifts west, where a friendly dolphin jumps over it. A wh
Vanessa Maeda
Main Characters: Rubber Ducks and other animals
POV: 3rd person
Setting: Packaging Facility and the Sea

This board book by Eric Carle is great for young ones. The story is about ten rubber ducks that were packaged in a box and carried overseas. However, during their travel a storm hits and the crate with the ten rubber ducks is swept off the boat. The little rubber ducks floated all the over the world on their own journey of exploration. Each duck encounters a different animal from the sea.
Ten rubber ducks are tossed into the ocean after a storm strikes a cargo ship. The currents sweep them all in different directions, giving the youngest readers a simple introduction to geography, directional words, and cardinal numbers. Young listeners and readers will love this book which is based on a true story. Eric Carle is renowned for his unique, sunny painted tissue paper collages, which he uses to illustrate his books.
Great display of mixed media to deliver the story, even including a torn magazine clipping that reported the story in 2003. And also a great counting book seamlessly nested into the narrative along with a menagerie of wildlife. Enjoyable for children and adults. Proof? The library copy I read was so beat up with torn pages that it had clearly been given a workout by children.
Amanda Zell
The colors and texture kept this book alive from the first page to the last.

The elements of art were clearly defined in this children's book. I feel as though that is a characteristic of Eric Carle's books. There really are no straight lines in this book. They would be defined as curved lines, but what I find more interesting is that these lines are formed by the simple brush stroke. The colors were very bright having a very low intensity due to the fact that they were all mixed together with c
Eric Carle's picture book 10 Little Rubber Ducks is both a counting book and a concept book. First, the reader can count each of the ten rubber ducks. Donna E. Norton writes, "the book is a concept book as the author identifies east, west, north, and south and left, up, and down(171). The story was inspired by an article from 1992 that told of 29,000 rubber bathtub toys falling overboard from a container ship. In 10 Little Rubber Ducks, each duck drifts off in a different direction and encounter ...more
Best for kids ages 2 and up.
Early Literacy Skills: Printe Motivation, Print Awareness, Vocabulary, Phonological Awareness

From cover:
Ahoy! Here We Go
Around the World
with 10 Little Rubber Ducks
"Ducks overboard!" shouts the captain, as a giant wave washes a box of 10 little rubber ducks off his cargo ship and into the sea. The 10 little rubber ducks are swept away in various directions. One drifts west, where a friendly dolphin jumps over it. A whale sings to another. But, as the sun sets, the 1
Codie Gates
This book is based on a true story, taken from a 1992 newspaper. The story line is that 10 little rubber ducks are painted, put into cargo boxes and loaded onto a cargo ship, and are floating in the ocean on the ship until a storm hits. Once the storm hits, they are knocked into the sea and the ocean waves begin to scatter them all over the place. This book teaches counting; as it counts each duck, it tells of its encounter. For example: the first duck goes west and a dolphin jumps over it. The ...more
Jamie Gorsky
Another great book by Eric Carle, just love the detail of the story he has great usage of putting colors together through creating collages. I love the way the water looks like that bright blue colors the illustration is great. This is a great counting book from 1-10 the pages have animals on every page and the story line is great it talks about the ocean and what creatures are in the ocean. This book different from his other books are not a rhyming book and the numbers are in bold letters.

I was excited to read this to my little ones considering it's emphasis on numbers and little ducks and, of course, it's author! All children are different, I know, but my kids weren't into at all. We read it maybe two times before going back to the library.
What I like about this book is that it is big which enables the children to see it better. Also, its important to mention that it has wonderful colors and great illustration of different animals. I am considering the Spanish version if I can find it.
Kindee Porter
This would be a great book for students that are just starting to count. It has many pictures and you are able to count along nicely. You could have students sit around you and hold up the book and have them tell you how many ducks are on the page and how it works. Also at the end of the book it has a squeaker for a fun ending.
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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